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Discussion in 'UHall' started by Petra Fyde, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Petra Fyde

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  3. puzzleagent

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    Just realized this a few mins ago, I like it ;)
     
  4. Woodsman

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    Like that you moved to Wordpress, should be easier to update, but change the links from yellow on tan to something else, please?
     
  5. Taylor

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    This has been a huge undertaking. Petra and the UO team have volunteered literally hundreds of manhours over the past year to manually copy articles and figure out how to make the various calculators work.

    You guys have outdone yourselves. Congratulations on the move and thank you all for your hard work!
     
  6. G.v.P

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    Pretty sexy. I like.
     
  7. Risso

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    Modernised or miniaturised? :D Looks good, just a bit hard to read some bits ;)
     
  8. What does the capital "P" in the favicon signify? Why not use the UO Stratics shield (upper-right icon on forums); that I recognize.

    *Scratches head*
    "P" = Petra? ... LOL
     
  9. silent

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    The search doesn't work and the little google search box is gone, any chance of getting that back or do we have to actually go to google to search this site?
     
  10. Hunter Moon

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    I agree on the yellow on tan being a bit hard to read. Otherwise, looks sweet! Thanks for the hard work all :danceb:

    Hunter Moon [HOT] Atlantic
     
  11. retrorider

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    There, I fixed it for ya!

    :lick::lick::lick:
     
  12. Should be easy, just a bit of CSS. Change "color: #EFC229;" to "color: #0FC229;" and you get green links or whatever contrasting color you need.

    As far as Wordpress - would have been better to wait for Drupal 7 for an easier migration from D6 and better administration. But looks like the modernization started months before Drupal 7 was ready. I agree though, faster and better looking overall.
     
  13. KingHen

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    Thank you all for the hard work

    :thumbsup:
     
  14. Sevin0oo0

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    I don't get it, what's changed? All I see is a half dozen bookmarks i have now all say "Page not found" Are they all changed now?
     
  15. BlissMarie

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    Seriously, volunteered?
    Petra, someone is making money off this site. If anyone is, it should be you, for all you do.
    I can see volunteering under some circumstances, but Stratics isn't a non-profit, right?
    I'm pretty sure it is a labor of love for you, Petra (or an addiction =p), but you deserve plenty.
    Thanks to all who freely give their time to make Stratics such a great UO resource.
    Now, will someone volunteer to put the world clock back or tell me where to find it? :p

    BlissMarie
     
  16. Petra Fyde

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    Changed it, is that better?

    k. Other questions:

    why 'P'? I don't know tbh, but the test site that Watchertoo set up for me off Stratics so that I could learn 'what the heck is this wordpress George wants us to use?' had the same thing, so I guess it's part of wordpress. Personally, I think it should stand for 'Petra' :D

    Drupal - The folk who went before us bastardised Drupal to the point where it just couldn't be updated

    It's been a long, sometimes frustrating, but mostly fun journey. I know precious little about .css or .php, but I still managed to have some influence on the finished product.

    World clock - it was never very good because I kept forgetting to update it spring and summer. Try Xena Dragon's utility instead, it's much better. http://uo2.stratics.com/tools-and-downloads/xenas-uo-utilities/uo-time-tool
     
  17. AirmidCecht

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    Getting input early will help us enhance the site and make things easier on everyone.

    With that said, Petra had a lot of help not just because we all pretty much adore her but also because we have been on board for over a year now with making things easier for readers and for staff to share their content with readers. This makes adjusting and updating smoother sailing from here on out.

    Thank you Petra and everyone who helped make sure the information was transported over :bowdown:
     
  18. Petra Fyde

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    Just to emphasis, this was very much a team effort. A lot of staffers put in a lot of hours and effort to make this happen. I don't have a good team around me, I have an absolutely marvellous team around me.
     
  19. Lady Storm

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    At first I thought I had got to the wrong site!

    I like it. Will take some getting use to though. You sneeky devils, warn a girl next time..
     
  20. pacific cruiser

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    Awesome job glad you made this post though i was worried something was wrong with stratics home page and was going to reboot lol
     
  21. Petra Fyde

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    I didn't dare announce it till it happened in case Murphy struck :D As it is I went and broke the darn thing last night, but luckily managed to fix it again.
     
  22. Korik Bloodguard

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    Constructive: I would focus on expanding the playguide pages, drawing upon the huge amount of information and knowledge on the forums. We still have gaps of knowledge which must be filled for people looking for useful information.

    For example, Chivalry went through some changes this last patch. The skill page for this skill has very little in the way of important material in it. You need to add things which come out each patch. Where's the information gathered by players about the amount healed at what skill and karma level? Where is the information talking about Chivalry as a primary skill, thus effecting the new SDI calculation? This kind of thing is so much more important than changing how the text is laid out.

    Please please please focus on creating a more permanent repository for important technical information in the game. This issue has been brought up before and all you say is "well volunteer" - You say you have a great crew, put them to some use actually building the CONTENT of this site. For the most part people are already gathering the information, you just need to make sure it gets where it needs to go.

    I only say this because Stratics really is the front page of UO, nobody can deny that. And some people feel very passionately about the game and desire for the front page to be the wonderful wealth of knowledge and information that it deserves to be. This game is full of people interacting on interesting and neat levels, they tear down systems finding out the pickiest details about how certain things work, and none of their work is represented here. Please!!!!!! fix this :)


    Unconstructive criticism: It looks like it was designed in 1998. It looks like its supposed to mimic a text design document.
     
  23. Sargon

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    Where is the forum link in the new layout? The only way I was able to get here was by clicking on an article and then following the "Discuss this article" link.
     
  24. Petra Fyde

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    Korik - I'll do my best, there are a few areas that need updating. It would be so much easier if I only understood the darn changes myself.

    Sargon - top nav bar drop down menus.
     
  25. Sargon

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    Ahh, there it is! Thanks.
     
  26. TheGrimmOmen

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    OMG, I have have such the urge to post something about quitting over changing the graphics...

    must... resist.... urge....


    Nice job though! I'm LIKING the CHANGE!

    -Grimm
     
  27. Well... Umm... it's not like Stratics changed the... umm... sheep! :lick:
     
  28. G.v.P

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    lol...the poor sheep :)
     
  29. Larisa

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    OWNED! :danceb:

    This made me laugh so hard!
     
  30. TheGrimmOmen

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    ROFL!

    :owned:
     
  31. Petra Fyde

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    Glad you approve :)

    My aim, really, was to keep it feeling like 'home'.
    For those that don't like it, sorry, it's entirely my fault. The other areas of Stratics look more like this:
    LOTRO Stratics

    I'm sure when someone younger takes over as Managing Editor it will all get modernised.
     
  32. The Fayled finds nothing worthy to nit pick over ...

    HIGH MARKS for a smooth Migration ...
    You all have added "value" without increasing cost ... marvelous


    I would suggest however, removal of access to this page
    UO Stratics *New* › Log In
    From the general population "view"
    UO Stratics *New* Righthand column ADMIN block

    yw ... :danceb: high marks high marks high marks
     
  33. Petra Fyde

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    If I hide the 'log in' link, how will the staff log in?
     
  34. Well ... *puzzles*

    the ones you want to know ... you could tell'em WHERE ya hid it and how to get there ...

    if there is any "private" way to communicate that is ...
     
  35. Petra Fyde

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    oki, just for you, I removed it :)
     
  36. Ashlynn_L

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    If it's WP, there's a link you can type in (generally /wp-login.php) to take you to the log in page for just this situation. When I first started using wordpress for my own site and got rid of the login box because I didn't like the look of it, I quickly went "errr... uh oh, how do I log in?!" =P
     
  37. Zosimus

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    Great job and a big thank you to all the stratics staff on the UO stratics site. I'm also very impressed with the LoTR stratics page . Never had checked it out but impressive. Excellent work on the UO site and still have that "classic" feel with a more modern smoothness.


    May I ask a few questions? How do you all determine what games you all list on the other stratics sites? Do you have to ask the game company for permission or do you all just do it by your choice?
     
  38. AirmidCecht

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    Good questions Zosimus!

    It is not just UO Stratics that we are focusing on. Other portals have been been getting some much needed TLC like LoTRO and EVE while other newer portals like Rift have been welcomed.

    As Director of Content, Syrus is always looking for talent from those who enjoy their own MMO and would like to contribute. We base our decisions on what we can support and lends towards a community.

    As a fansite we have the opportunity to reach out to all titles and offer ourselves in support. Some titles support us back with interviews and content news. Our goal is to expand this to offer contests and prizes in the future.

    If anyone is interested in helping out with any of our portals please feel free to contact syrus ([email protected]) or myself ([email protected]). For UO Stratics contact Petra as always :)
     
  39. Willard

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    Nice! Thanks for keeping up with the times! :)
     
  40. enderz

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    Looks a lot better, not so cluttered, links are working again, retains classic feel :thumbsup:

    Thanks for the hard work.
     
  41. Zosimus

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    Heh :) I was a little impatient and did some searching and found this thread http://vboards.stratics.com/stratic...986-you-reading-stratics-com.html#post2016925 and asked Syrus a question already.

    TBH the reason I asked since our guild has now grown ( we also merged with another large guild after we left RIFT) to 3400 + ( this is actual players not characters) finding good solid information on not so "solid" fan sites sometimes is a nightmare.

    I wasn't sure if stratics was limited to certain games by permission from the companies themselves. Wasnt for the LoTR stratics being mentioned I would of never searched or noticed the MMO general forum lol.
     
  42. Taylor

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    If you know folks who want to help with RIFT Stratics, I'm sure Tom would welcome the assistance.

    I'm willing to explore any MMO if I can find someone to manage the portal.
     
  43. DenAlton036

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    Well said! Though it took me forever to find the forums, And I wasn't sure what "news" was new or old, I liked that they changed colors after a few days... maybe they still do..
     
  44. [​IMG]
    Whooooooooooo!
    Thank you! ... that a mere suggestion(from >me<) becomes immortalized upon Stratics front page ... :blushing:

    Humbled am I ... I shall constantly be a bother to family and new found friends to load the page up and proudly point to the absent place and then lead them here to confirm:
    >I DID TAHT !!!< with no more than a mere suggestion ... there SEE? that's how it went! post by post, time log by time log ...

    It is as If they will relive the moment with me, through me, via the internets as some virtual time machine
    taking us instantly across time and space and *crackle* THERE! the naked truth from the future ... rises like some literary Terminator from the future ..
    In search of the footprints of Fayled Dhreams ...

    Why ... even NOW ... so soon after (in this time line) I can (by the GODS >I CAN<) FEEL them, Now ... even now again ...
    looking in awe and wonder at the place where all of this began ...


    [​IMG] bump'em UP!!

    [​IMG] Pump'em ALL UP !!

    [​IMG] spin'em like an Aussie !!

    [​IMG] ROCK'em side to side

    All Right "YOU FUTURE YOU" conga wid da broccoli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: :danceb: burma shaving wid Occams Razor !! Huzzah :party:!!!
     
  45. 5% Luck

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    At 1st glance I love the new stratics set up. No more forever scrolling to find what Im looking for.

    You are all the best!

    Thanks a ton!
     
  46. Kayne

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    Great work Petra and all the stratics team that helped with this. Not sure how much I like the new page yet but then I hate change when I've grown used to knowing where everything is.

    One suggestion bring back the different colors for age of news on the main/news pages as it made it easy to see new stuff.

    I do hate to say it but why in the hell is the site still in two pieces - the nice black banner at the top which the forum also uses looks great but it also looks so out of place when the rest of the page has retained its old color scheme. Please consider making both sections the same.
     
  47. Petra Fyde

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    Many people do, that's why we aimed to make it as familiar as we could

    Easier said than done, but I'll try to find out whether that's possible. Meantime entries are dated. Granted that the initial dates are misleading because we copied some articles over rather than start with a blank sheet, but that will change as new news is added.
    You may have a point there. I'll see if I can come up with a header that better matches the page scheme.
     
  48. Kayne

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    If I can be of any help in any way Petra give me a shout
     
  49. Magdalene

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    I know I'm late for the party, but congratulations sistah-boss and the team :D
     
  50. AdamD

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    Looks very good, much more modern.

    Congrats on converting across, must've been pain staking work.:thumbup:
     
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